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Buy any Sarah Waters ebook for £2.99 in July

This July marks 50 years since the creation of the Sexual Offences Act of 1967, which partially decriminalised homosexual acts between men in England and Wales and helped give birth to the modern LGBTQ rights […]

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Nina Bawden on the VMC Children’s List

A squirrel, a pig and an evacuee. Three charming stories from one of our best loved children’s authors, Nina Bawden, are coming to the VMC children’s list. Keeping Henry – out of print for years […]

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Director Roger Michell introduces My Cousin Rachel

‘Is Rachel bad or good? Innocent or guilty, carnal or ‘pure’? Or does the truth lie somewhere else? Is she an anachronism, full of life, possessed of sound mind and spirit, enjoying her sexu-ality as […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club – The Charioteer

  This July marks fifty years since the creation of the Sexual Offences Act of 1967, which decriminalized homesexual acts between men in England and Wales, and birthed the modern LGBTQ movement in Britain. With […]

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Rebecca voted the Nation’s Favourite Book

To celebrate their 225th anniversary, WHSmith asked readers to vote for their favourite book of the last 225 years. Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, George Orwell and the Bronte sisters all made it to the shortlist, but trumping them […]

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The cast of My Cousin Rachel discuss Du Maurier’s writing

My Cousin Rachel, Daphne Du Maurier’s thrilling novel and our VMC book club pick for May, hits the silver screen on 9th June. Here the cast and crew from the film, including actors Rachel Weisz, […]

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Five Things I’ve Learned About Writing Psychological Thrillers by Clare Mackintosh

After having only two published books I can’t claim to be an expert, but I’ve learned a thing or two along the way. Plus, I’ll let you into a little secret: I LET YOU GO […]

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Virago Writing Tips: A Q&A with Susie Steiner

Readers and reviewers have fallen in love with your detective, Manon Bradshaw. What’s your top tip for creating a compelling central character? I think for a character to be real, you mustn’t sugar-coat them. Give […]

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Radical Hope

  When award-winning novelists, poets, political thinkers and activists including Junot Díaz, Mona Eltahawy,  Karen Joy Fowler, Katie Kitamura, Hari Kunzru, Celeste Ng, Viet Thanh Nguyen,  Claire Messud,  Lisa See and Jane Smiley come together […]

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Virago Modern Classic Book Club – My Cousin Rachel

With the film starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin scheduled for nationwide release next month, May feels like the perfect time to rediscover Daphne du Maurier’s mysterious, thrilling My Cousin Rachel. The Guardian placed this classic firmly ‘In […]

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Margaret Atwood in The New Yorker

Bestselling. Award winning. Beloved. Virago is proud to publish the incredible force that is Margaret Atwood. In case you missed it, click here to read this fantastic profile piece in The New Yorker.

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A Q&A with Helen FitzGerald

Bestselling author Helen Fitzgerald shares her top tips for writing crime, as part of our series for the Virago / The Pool New Crime Writer Prize.    What’s your top tip for creating an intriguing […]

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